Sometimes I wonder how people hear about me? I usually ask if they are new clients, but I forgot to ask this family & I remember mid-session thinking…”they are used to traditional/in the box photography.” Ha! Well…boy were they up for a surprise & challenge working with me. On the flip-side, I too, was challenged, but in a good way. It’s not everyday I work with families full of teenagers. Typically I have younger families (which I love because I get to grow with them.;)) So, needless to say, since they were majority of teen boys; they were less than thrilled to be there. LOL!!! I may have tortured them with my crazy/left-brained ideas. Truthfully, I was just doing ME. Even though there was resistance, I kept on smiling, laughing (mostly nervously laughing) & did my thing like I would with any other session. I don’t leave people hanging…I give direction with a general sense of what I’m looking for & then I let everyone loose…to “do you.” I learned quickly that movement is key in working with older kids. Yes, it may require a stretch of the imagination on their end & maybe more repetition than I like on my end…but all in all…we ended up with gorgeous lifestyle family photos. PLUS…sunset & check out stunning MAMA bear. It also helped to have 1 little sweet angel baby to put the focus on. Yay!!! Take a peek at a session that really stretched me mentally…
Sooooo behind on editing ya’ll…please bare with me. Trying to play catch up & at least highlight my favorite sessions from 2018. (Which is really hard to do because I have a lot). THIS family brings me so much JOY! They always show up with a positive attitude & smiles on their faces. Rebecca is an amazing mom who would do ANYTHING for her kids. I love hearing of their latest trips, sporting events, dance competitions & everyday life when I meet up with them annually. There is always ADVENTURE to be had & these guys are all about it. I love planning each session with Rebecca in advance to see what creative location or idea we can come up with next. She is all about Lifestyle…which I love because not everyone fully appreciates or understands it completely.;) Last late Summer we met up at Garden of the Gods & I chose a different part of the park I’ve never shot at before & I absolutely fell in love with it. It brought new perspective, a good challenge with lighting & it made me sweat up a storm as I recall.;) LOL!!! Here’s a peek at their fabulous session…
So, I get asked all of the time, “do you photograph weddings?” The answer is…yes, but a small, handful of intimate, outdoor weddings—usually by referral or family friend only.
This wedding for Sally & Bill was just that. It was held inside the Patty Jewett Golf Course Community Center. We of course took advantage of the amazing backdrop from this location outside on a warm summer evening. It was simply gorgeous. I can’t tell you what joy it brings me to capture two people in love on their wedding day (or engagement day for that matter). Pure, simple & sweet. Enjoy a peek at the Bride & Groom after they said, “I do.”
Kendall had me at hello. =) No, seriously though...loved working with this girl. She has a heart of gold. She is genuine, nurturing, and has the most amazing contagious smile you've ever seen. I adored her mom & sister who tagged along. We had gorgeous weather, fun new inspiring locations & all around the most amazing time. I always tell my Seniors, you make me feel YOUNG AGAIN, but it's soooo true! I just connect with this age group. And as my own daughter gets older & will be attending Palmer Ridge herself next year as a Freshman (whoah...just had a freak out moment as I typed that!!!) it just gets more real & more relatable for me. Kendall was such a joy to work with, if I can even call it "work." I love my job & I love my clients. She texted me pics of her outfits in advance which always helps me determine backdrops, especially for the urban portion of the session, but sometimes with rural too. The weather on this spring morning was unbelievable as were the smiles & laughter. My favorite sets of Kendall are definitely in the simple blue dress as they highlighted her eyes. Cannot wait to hear which college you choose to study nursing at...you will be amazing at it. Best of luck during your Senior year. Go get'em girl!!! Take a peek...
When I found out the Winters Family was being re-located to Hawaii I felt 2 immediate emotions: sad & jealous.;) Sad because they were leaving me (some of my favorite clients) & Jealous because—DUH—Hawaii. LOL!!! They did however; promise to hit me up when visiting back to the mainland. It has been fun for me to follow along on their island adventures via Instagram though. EVERY SINGLE DAY LOOKS LIKE VACATION. So lucky! What a great place to live & raise those beautiful daughters of theirs. Before they left Colorado they requested one last family session showcasing what we are most known for…our beautiful mountains along with the Garden of the Gods. How could I say no?!;) So we met on a warm, somewhat overcast late spring/early summer evening on Mesa Rd. I had a wonderful time capturing this family just as they are…loving, sweet, genuine. Take a peek…
Technically these guys live in Denver (yes, I travel for an additional small fee), but when you take their engagement photos, wedding photos & first child’s newborn photos…of course you are willing to go ANYWHERE to capture their second child’s newborn photos. To say I love this family would be an understatement; they are AMAZING & I feel like I’ve known them forever. =)
When I arrived for Luca’s newborn photos…it was a gorgeous warm summer morning & everything just felt at ease. =) I adore In-Home sessions because they are so unique to each family. Check out a few more favorites from their session…
Spring is always unpredictable in Colorado, but I’m thankful for patient & understanding clients, like the Smith Family, who had to reschedule 3 times before we got it right. Third time’s a charm.;) These guys are amazing & have been coming to see me for a long time (since their oldest, Kendyl, was a newborn). It’s so fun to watch my return families change & grow.
I like to keep things fresh since I have annual return clients, so we try to choose new locations that are suiting for the season as well as the stage/age of their kids. Colorado College Campus is always a great spot because I love the architecture there…the fabulous arches, the steps, the wood doors on Shove Memorial Chapel as well as the detailed lights that line the sidewalks.
I love the colors that Julie chose…not only did they coordinate well with this location, but they were perfect for Spring. Take a peek at their urban session…
“What should I bring to our session?” is one of the most common questions I get asked & the real answer is…an open mind, a smile & trust. Giving me free reign during a session is like letting my creative Free Spirit SOAR!!! I love when someone e-mails me & says…we trust you because we know you are going to give us a beautiful outcome no matter what. Thank you! That means the world to me. I don’t want you to show up stressed out, crabby & short-tempered with your kids. Leave it to me to produce the authentic smiles, the real emotion, the connection you should have as a family. We will play games, ask questions, explore, etc. So show up with a good attitude, a smile, and trust me to do my job because I love it & that’s what I get paid to do. I promise you won’t be disappointed!
Why am I talking about that before posting about this particular session? Because I remember the rapport I had almost immediately with this new, young family. They were worried about their little doll-face not smiling & having boogery-boogers because she had just woke up from a nap & was recovering from a cold still lingering. As moms, we’ve all been there. I totally understand, but I also have worked with kids for 10 years now, not to mention my own & TONS of nieces/nephews…I know it takes time to warm up, wake up & even if you don’t get THE PERECT SMILE…I promise, you will still LOVE your pictures! You know why? Because you will always look back & remember that your little doll-face was recovering from a cold & gave us funny & adorable expressions. You will remember how little she was, you’ll ooh & aah over her curls & round, pink cheeks. You’ll remember what a lovely Spring Day it was & nothing else will matter.
I absolutely ADORED this family & I really, really, really hope they come back & see me this Spring because I would die to squeeze this munckin’’s face again. Take a peek at our session together…it’ll forever be a Spring Favorite. =)
I was feeling uber inspired last Spring & thought…what the heck; I should just put my “feelers” out there on Social media & see who might be interested in Spring Mini’s. Well, I had NO IDEA how much it would blow up!!! It was such a HUGE SUCCESS…I think I will definitely be adding it to my list of “annual must do’s.” Originally, I had planned on offering them inside a local greenhouse nursery, but as it turns out, the one I checked out in weeks prior with my daughter was MUCH TOO SMALL to hold all of the families I was going to be photographing, so pretty last minute, I changed the location to Monument Valley Park & it did NOT disappoint. The buds were blooming on the weeping willow trees, grass was green, water was sparkling & sun was out. I couldn’t have been more blessed on this particular weekend!!! Everything was perfect. Most of all——by the awesome families & couples that came to see me. All smiles, laughs & good times!!! Check out a handful of my favorite shots!
ALSO…don’t forget to keep your eyes peeled again this Spring…as My Mini-Sessions that I periodically offer, are run as SPECIALS & only offered at limited times & in limited quantity. Sign ups will be by e-mail appointment only & full deposit is now required in advance. Don’t miss out…they go FAST!!!
This family was expecting their first child & found me on NSM…it’s nice to know Social Media is working for me.;) We ended up being neighbors. #truestory. They live just on the other side of Highway 105 in the newest development…small world, I think YES. =) Which also made it super convenient when baby arrived for me to pop on over for their in-home session. So much fun to watch new parents. They were so excited to have me, they welcomed me into their new home, as did their big doggies.;) Needless to say they were head over heels for their new little addition; their son, Hayden George. Can’t say I blame them…he was certainly delicious.
Although I typically have clients send me a few quick snap-shots of their home before the actual session…I always do a brief walk-through in the rooms we talked about (usually the nursery, master bedroom, family room & occasional kitchen/dining/office) to see where the best light is pouring in. I am a sucker for natural light & even though you may not think your home has good natural light…trust me, I can find it. Every home does; it is just that some have more than others. That’s ok. I am confident I can make just about any circumstance work.;) I have had a few challenging doozies in my first years starting out my business. Ha!
This was another baseball loving family from the East Coast & so we had fun dressing Hayden up in a mini-jersey for a few shots. And of course mom has been dreaming of this day forever, so she has a few favorite purchased newbie outfits she may want to show off. I’m good with just about anything, but I always think a swaddled baby is & will forever be my favorite look. Obviously I want to make sure & capture tiny toes & fingers too…so sometimes during the outfit changes is when I sneak those in.
Feeling overly wordy today…(sorry!) Have a glimpse into their home & meet Hayden…
This was such a sweet & simple Spring session. I suggested Mnt. Herman Rd. because it’s a beautiful location & has always been a favorite of mine. I remember when MOM (yes, I have a terrible memory & it just helps me to call my clients “Mom” & “Dad”—this is something you should know about me for sure.;)) contacted me about setting up this shoot & requesting it ASAP as her hubby was getting deployed again. I cannot tell you how much I admire these resilient military families. It takes such grit & courage. Especially when mom or dad has to single parent while their spouse is deployed. WOW! Pretty sure I couldn’t do it. I absolutely adored their young boys who were so, so cute! Check out their sunny afternoon Spring session with me…
I absolutely adore this sweet family of 6. For many years, it was boys, boys, boys & then surprise…they added a girl to the mix. So happy for them!!! =) I love how protective, gentle & caring all of these brothers are of their baby sister. She’s got it made, right?! This was a gorgeous Spring day…I remember just standing in this open space before my clients arrived, letting the warm sun fall on my face & thanking the Lord for his many blessings. Wildflowers were blooming, dog-walkers were out getting exercise, I was in my happy place with my camera in hand. Everything in the world seemed right.
We played a lot of fun games during this session to keep the boys entertained, but also got some sweet girly moments between mother & daughter. So happy they trusted me with this new found location because it just made me so happy & we got a beautiful sunset at the very end. Enjoy a peek at our time together.
I’m telling you guys, it ALMOST makes me want to have another baby because of all of the adorable baby names out there. I mean come on??!!! Finley June, Quinn Harper, Scarlett, Sloan, Sedona. Ummm…YEAH!!! But don’t worry, I’m totally kidding…I don’t really think a 14 yr. gap between kids would be much fun.;)
I met this family in June of 2017 & fell in love with all of them, in particular, the sweet little strawberry blonde oozing personality! =) We had so much fun just hiking the trails, playing games in the evening spring sun. I was thrilled when Jen contacted me about capturing daughter #2’s arrival. This family is just so darn adorable & down to earth; they are a real treat to work with.
Nursery details…lush, lavender heaven. I don’t typically like purple all that much, but this nursery is so tasteful it’s truly a delight to the eyes. Jen’s mom hand sewed the nursery bedding, skirt, etc. It’s just gorgeous so of course we had to get a few shots with grandma while she was in town visiting.=)
Watch out for the “sister” pics…they’ll just melt your heart!!!<3<3<3
Aaaaahhhh…I was sooo sooo excited when Cassie contacted me to tell me she was expecting & ask if I would capture their newborn? I met Cassie & Brandon at least 5 years ago & we did a couple’s session inside the Garden of the Gods & on Mesa Rd. I remember how adorable they were & thought to myself…”they would make such cute babies.” Turns out, I was right!;) While catching up on their lives during their session, I learned it was anything short of exciting & busy... they recently switched jobs, built a house & moved & had a baby. Ha!
Little Quinn was one of the sweetest babies I laid eyes on this past season & I can hardly wait as they just asked me to photograph her 1 yr. Birthday coming up in February. There is no greater honor than being invited back again. I love when young families ask me to capture milestones for them…not only do I get to see their little ones grow, but I get to see their new additions & really build rapport with them (which is one of the things I love the very MOST about my job).
I was obsessed with the nursery they decorated for little Quinn Harper…from top to bottom they had wood signs, mountain décor & even a fabulous rug that read, “Adventure Awaits.” Which to me seems so perfectly fitting…so many wonderful adventures await both Quinn & her parents. Oh what fun!!!
I remember distinctly being nervous about this particular session as soon as I learned that these new clients lived in an apartment building. Most of my clients live in homes with big windows…so per usual, I lifted it up to the Lord & He delivered. Their apartment unit happened to be on a corner with gorgeous morning light pouring into their master bedroom & I knew immediately where I would be doing the majority of their session at upon arrival. Thank you God…you are sooo GOOD!!! I could probably write a book on all of the times God has answered my prayers about weather, lighting, clients, situations, etc. during my course of 10 years doing Photography.
This young couple also had a 2 yr. old daughter who just happened to steal the show & melted my heart. She was too cute for words & so interested in showing me all of her toys. Sometimes I use this tactic of “go get your favorite book" & show me” to sneak a few alone shots with just Mom & Baby or sometimes I end up using the book they bring me as part of my next set with the entire family sitting on the bed & reading a book. Simple ways to create “lifestyle” without having to work very hard for the shot. I remember she had a pretend camera & was taking pictures of her baby sister (whom she adored) & I like to think that maybe someday she’ll be a photographer too. =)
Some of my favorite Mother-Baby shots were taken in this tiny master bedroom…maybe it was the gorgeous light shining in, maybe it was that this new mother was radiating beauty from the inside out, or maybe it was that God answers prayers & totally showed up for me during this session in more ways than one. All I know is, these pictures speak for themselves. This family’s love for one another was so evident, it came shining through in every frame.
I say it a LOT, but it’s true…I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE capturing newborns at in-home sessions…something so personal, so intimate, so beautiful.
As I begin journaling sessions from almost 1 year ago I may not remember ALL of the tiny details (like exactly how old this newborn was during his photoshoot), but I DO remember how completely smitten his parents were. So completely in love from head to toe; it was beyond precious!!! From the time I entered their beautiful home, they began to boast of his grand entrance into the world, continued to ooh & aah over him while showing me his adorable nursery. They had not forgotten one little detail of décor & made sure to include all of his precious stats on a message board for me to photograph. I just adore seeing brand new parents with their new bundle of joy!!! It is simply a fleeting phase & one that goes by far too quickly if you ask me. But I love that I am their to capture these moments for people so that they can look back & remember all of the little things they may have otherwise forgotten.
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Fall Mountain Mini's 2018!!!
Saturday, September 29th & Sunday, September 30th.
Mueller State Park--Divide, CO
8 high resolution edited images on a digital download
$125 + $7.00 entrance fee
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When I talked to Megan on the phone about her Senior session, she knew exactly what she wanted, what she was going to where & generally speaking, where she wanted them. Together we collaborated & came up with a plan. I was mostly excited that I got to shoot a Senior session in the SPRING & that I was able to capture the cherry blossoms before they were gone. I have been dying to shoot them every season, but ALWAYS miss them...so this was a treat! Megan was so easy to work with, took direction well, rocked her outfits & we had amazing weather. To say this was a great start to Senior season would be an understatement. I love that these images display the wide variety of Megan's personality from bright & colorful, to tough & strong (she also happens to work at City Rock & is an avid Rock Climber) to her soft & feminine side. Take a look for yourself. Here's a peek at some of my favorites...
I love that this family wanted an urban session...a little mix up from the typical rural session. They chose to meet me down at Colorado College Campus, which is always a good choice in my opinion. This campus is filled with great architecture, unique wood doors, light strolled sidewalks, etc. I'm always anxious to see what sweet little Jane is going to show up in. On this fun fall morning she surprised me with the cutest darn cowboy boots...oh my stars!!! Love all her 2yr. old energy. Take a peek at our morning together...
McKenzie's Mom contacted me when McKenzie was a baby & asked if I offered bundle packages from birth to 1yr. old. I do in fact. I will custom create packages to watch your baby grow through the big milestones. Contact me if you're interested. This is such a fun way to capture them at 3, 6, 9 months & the big 1yr. I thoroughly enjoyed watching little Miss McKenzie grow & change. But 9 months was by far my favorite. =) We met at Dirty Woman Creek Park in Monument on a crisp fall morning & it was perfect. She always shows up with an entourage & this day was no different...with grandparents visiting, mom & dad, etc. We placed her near the creek, splashed a bit in the creek & sat in her great, great grandfather's rocking chair...the cutest. Take a peek...